Zoë Heath is an artist based in Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK.
Her process leads her to collecting and archiving marks, traces and ephemera, recording them, documenting them and de-constructing the shapes they form.
Reflecting on the creation of a piece of work, Zoë says: “I have no idea or pre-conceptions as to how a piece will look when finished. I enjoy and indulge in this process. Collage, paintings and prints evolve and ideas emerge as I am working. I choose to work across several pieces at the same time, always looking to achieve that moment of serendipity when I find that a piece is finished” (July, 2021).
You can follow Zoë’s art and projects on Instagram at zoeheath_artist.
Further information can be accessed on her website: http://www.zoeheath.co.uk
TU : PLEI is an invitation to engage with the ludic self then to share the experience with others.
TU : PLEI is an art exhibition which brings together drawing, painting, photography, collage, prints, sculpture, installation and montage from artists with a perceptive and individual interpretation on contemporary playfulness.
The exhibition TU : PLEI will be open 20-25 July 2021 at Stroud Brewery, 9am-5pm.
While writing Buried Gods Metal Prophets I often looked back at my childhood games and wondered what they meant then, whether time has given them a different meaning or not. It might have. But surely when the Guillemot Press editors worked on the manuscript, there were moments when my siblings’ chasing in the backyard or ‘soldier-soldier’-game felt untouched and sacred. Precious and private.
At first, sacred to me, later just sweet reminders that childhood play and joy are universal experiences. A child’s laughter and falls and bruises and tears have a collective ‘sameness’ yet our experiences give them unique meaning. A bit like different interpretations of what ‘freedom’ and ‘enjoyment’ are all about. A bit like what being human is all about. After all, war and tragedy, love and disappointment, growth, learning, failure and success are human experiences that repeat themselves despite topological or temporal differences.
Alongside the artwork, I will be reading from Buried Gods Metal Prophets on Thursday 22nd July 6pm. FREE entry! All welcome!
Buried Gods Metal Prophets is published by the Guillemot Press, edited by Luke Thompson and Sarah Cave.
Illustrations and design: Antonia Glücksman.
The book is available here.
© Maria Stadnicka, July 2021